Welcome to the new website! Next year you will see posts on what your student leaders in the Undergraduate Association are thinking about. As always, please let us know how we can better serve you in the comments.
A number of thoughtful, in-depth posts from across campus have been written regarding the recent announcement regarding Senior House, analyzing the data, noting that Senior House has a significant percentage of LGBTQ, low-income, and URM students, critiquing the lack of communication, and celebrating the importance of Senior House culture. If you feel overwhelmed and don't know where to begin to join in on the conversation, these pieces capture the essence of the issue. (Please feel free to comment below with additional links, which I will add to this list.)
- MIT Needs the Weirdos: What’s Really Going On In Senior House
- We need Senior House
- Senior House, community, and conversations (we should have on campus)
- An Open Letter to Chancellor Barnhart From a Senior House Resident
Alongside Senior House President Sarah Melvin, I invite you to join the conversation.
It is troubling to see administrators make decisions without the engagement of students.
I ask you, if you are affiliated with an affinity group, be it one that represents your race, your sexuality, your ethnicity, if you are a recipient of financial aid, if you are from a low-income family, if you love your MIT community, if you live in a dorm, if you have lived in a dorm, if you are an MIT Alumnus, if you are an MIT Undergraduate, to brave asking the important questions and to remind MIT's leaders of the importance of open discussions prior to making decisions.
Senior House President Sarah Melvin has asked for the MIT community to show support for Senior House community and emphasize to administrators the necessity of working with students to protect the support systems that exist at MIT. She has released a petition, available here, and a detailed proposal to improve the existing decision. I have already signed the petition, and encourage further discussion on its points. On the website, you also have the option to submit a letter of support. Feel free to reach out to Sarah here: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions that you may have on how to show your support.
Within the Undergraduate Association, the Student-Administrator Collaboration Committee will be evaluating the events surrounding the Senior House decision and how to improve communication in the future. If you would like to get involved or have any questions, please contact Chair Lilly Chin at email@example.com . Furthermore, the Student Support and Wellness Committee is considering ways to improve Mental Health resources. If you would like to get involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
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